The Helix Wind Power Facility, which could bring 134 new wind turbines to Oregon, was approved recently by the city's Energy Facility Siting Council, reports the East Oregonian.
According to the news source, the decision to allow the green energy project to move forward came after a number of objections had been raised at a previous siting meeting in May. However, the council ultimately determined that the facility met state requirements.
Some of the objections raised by local residents included potential negative effects on property values, but the council said that it was not required to deal with issues that could possibly arise but are not certain.
Homeowners reportedly expressed concerns that the wind farm could create excess noise for properties in the area, which in turn could also have negative effects on the value of the homes.
The Associated Press reports that the council told the company planning the site, Iberdrola Renewables, to contact fire departments close to the wind farm site in order to come up with a plan in case of a fire.